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Telstra

Home Wireless Broadband Plus S BYO Plan

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Optus

Home Wireless Broadband - 200GB

  • $70/mth
  • + $192 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $262 for first month
vividwireless

200GB Data Plan

  • Deal: Get your second month access fee free
  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $70/mth
  • + $199 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $269 for first month
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Jeenee Mobile

$25 Data SIM Plan

  • $25/mth
  • + $10 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $35 for first month
Exetel

4G ExeGo 15GB (12 months)

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $29.99/mth
  • Min. total cost $359.88 over 12 months
Virgin Mobile

Mobile Broadband 12GB

  • Deal: Includes 3GB Bonus Data, ends 29 Mar 2018
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Vodafone

10GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Optus

$30 Prepaid Mobile Broadband SIM Starter Kit

  • Deal: Recharge with $30 or above on "Optus Prepaid Mobile Broadband" from 30 Oct 2017 until 4 Feb 2018 and receive 5GB bonus data
  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $30
  • Starter Pack
Moose Mobile

Moose 10GB Data SIM Plan

  • $32/mth
  • Min. total cost $32 for first month
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $420 over 12 months
Optus Business

$35 Mobile Broadband Business

  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $420 over 12 months
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $35 for first month
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $840 over 24 months
Lebara Mobile

Data Plan Medium

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
Vaya

4G Data Only 15GB - Month to Month

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $39/mth
  • Min. total cost $39 for first month
OVO

Large Data Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $39.95
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
Jeenee Mobile

$40 Data SIM Plan

  • $40/mth
  • + $10 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $50 for first month
Telstra

Home Wireless Broadband Plus S BYO Plan

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Go Mobile BYO Data L Plan

  • Deal: 12 month free subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack (ends 25.12.17) + Unlimited Telstra Air Data until 27.03.18
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Go Mobile Data Plus L Plan

  • Deal: 12 month free subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack (ends 25.12.17) + Unlimited Telstra Air Data until 27.03.18
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,080 over 24 months
Telstra Business

My Business BYO Mobile Data L Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra Business

My Business Mobile Data Plan (L)

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,080 over 24 months
Southern Phone

Medium MBB

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $45 for first month
Telstra

Home Wireless Broadband Plus S BYO Plan

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Optus

Home Wireless Broadband - 200GB

  • $70/mth
  • + $192 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $262 for first month
vividwireless

200GB Data Plan

  • Deal: Get your second month access fee free
  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $70/mth
  • + $199 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $269 for first month
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Jeenee Mobile

$25 Data SIM Plan

  • $25/mth
  • + $10 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $35 for first month
Exetel

4G ExeGo 15GB (12 months)

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $29.99/mth
  • Min. total cost $359.88 over 12 months
Virgin Mobile

Mobile Broadband 12GB

  • Deal: Includes 3GB Bonus Data, ends 29 Mar 2018
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Vodafone

10GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Optus

$30 Prepaid Mobile Broadband SIM Starter Kit

  • Deal: Recharge with $30 or above on "Optus Prepaid Mobile Broadband" from 30 Oct 2017 until 4 Feb 2018 and receive 5GB bonus data
  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $30
  • Starter Pack
Moose Mobile

Moose 10GB Data SIM Plan

  • $32/mth
  • Min. total cost $32 for first month
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $420 over 12 months
Optus Business

$35 Mobile Broadband Business

  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $420 over 12 months
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $35 for first month
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $840 over 24 months
Lebara Mobile

Data Plan Medium

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
Vaya

4G Data Only 15GB - Month to Month

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $39/mth
  • Min. total cost $39 for first month
OVO

Large Data Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $39.95
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
Jeenee Mobile

$40 Data SIM Plan

  • $40/mth
  • + $10 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $50 for first month
Telstra

Home Wireless Broadband Plus S BYO Plan

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Go Mobile BYO Data L Plan

  • Deal: 12 month free subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack (ends 25.12.17) + Unlimited Telstra Air Data until 27.03.18
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Go Mobile Data Plus L Plan

  • Deal: 12 month free subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack (ends 25.12.17) + Unlimited Telstra Air Data until 27.03.18
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,080 over 24 months
Telstra Business

My Business BYO Mobile Data L Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra Business

My Business Mobile Data Plan (L)

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,080 over 24 months
Southern Phone

Medium MBB

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $45 for first month
Telstra

Home Wireless Broadband Plus S BYO Plan

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Optus

Home Wireless Broadband - 200GB

  • $70/mth
  • + $192 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $262 for first month
vividwireless

200GB Data Plan

  • Deal: Get your second month access fee free
  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $70/mth
  • + $199 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $269 for first month
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Jeenee Mobile

$25 Data SIM Plan

  • $25/mth
  • + $10 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $35 for first month
Exetel

4G ExeGo 15GB (12 months)

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $29.99/mth
  • Min. total cost $359.88 over 12 months
Virgin Mobile

Mobile Broadband 12GB

  • Deal: Includes 3GB Bonus Data, ends 29 Mar 2018
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Vodafone

10GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Moose Mobile

Moose 10GB Data SIM Plan

  • $32/mth
  • Min. total cost $32 for first month
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $420 over 12 months
Optus Business

$35 Mobile Broadband Business

  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $420 over 12 months
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $35 for first month
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $840 over 24 months
Vaya

4G Data Only 15GB - Month to Month

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $39/mth
  • Min. total cost $39 for first month
Jeenee Mobile

$40 Data SIM Plan

  • $40/mth
  • + $10 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $50 for first month
Telstra

Home Wireless Broadband Plus S BYO Plan

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Go Mobile BYO Data L Plan

  • Deal: 12 month free subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack (ends 25.12.17) + Unlimited Telstra Air Data until 27.03.18
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Go Mobile Data Plus L Plan

  • Deal: 12 month free subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack (ends 25.12.17) + Unlimited Telstra Air Data until 27.03.18
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,080 over 24 months
Telstra Business

My Business BYO Mobile Data L Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra Business

My Business Mobile Data Plan (L)

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,080 over 24 months
Southern Phone

Medium MBB

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $45 for first month
amaysim

Mobile Broadband Data 20GB

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $45
Yomojo

15GB Data Pack

  • $45.90/mth
  • Min. total cost $45.90
Optus

$50 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $50/mth
  • Min. total cost $50 for first month
Optus

$30 Prepaid Mobile Broadband SIM Starter Kit

  • Deal: Recharge with $30 or above on "Optus Prepaid Mobile Broadband" from 30 Oct 2017 until 4 Feb 2018 and receive 5GB bonus data
  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $30
  • Starter Pack
Lebara Mobile

Data Plan Medium

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
OVO

Large Data Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $39.95
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
Vodafone

Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharge $40

  • Deal: Get 5GB bonus data
  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $40
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
amaysim

Mobile Broadband Data 20GB Prepaid

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45
  • Per 28 Day Recharge
Yomojo

15GB Data Pack Prepaid

  • $45.90
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
Kogan Mobile

Data M - 30 DAYS PLAN

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • 30GB Data
  • $49.90
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
amaysim

Mobile Broadband Data 50GB Prepaid

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $60
  • Per 28 Day Recharge
amaysim

Mobile Broadband Data 100GB Prepaid

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $70
  • Per 28 Day Recharge
Optus

Prepaid 4G WiFi Modem (Huawei E5573)

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $99
  • Starter Pack

How to choose a great mobile broadband plan?


Mobile broadband, or wireless internet, is great because of how easy it is to setup. Like a mobile phone, you need a SIM card installed in a compatible device to use mobile broadband, but once this is setup the connection should be instantaneous.

Before you jump into a mobile broadband contract, here are a few things to consider:

  • How much data do you need?
  • What kind of modem do you need?
  • Do you need a modem at all?
  • What is coverage like in your area?
  • Should you sign a contract?

How much mobile broadband data do you need?


This is the most important question we ask about internet plans, regardless of whether we’re talking about mobile internet, or fixed-line internet in the home. 

You’ll want to be cautious with mobile broadband, and data is more expensive than it is with ADSL or the NBN. Mobile broadband plans tend to be similar to mobile phone plans, but if you’re using your mobile broadband connection with a laptop, you will be using data a lot faster.

Here is a table to help you gauge how much data you may need.

Our suggested plans are based on using your service of choice for about one hour a day everyday for an entire month. If you're using more than one of these services regularly, consider opting for a larger allowance. Please note, these figures can vary depending on your own personal usage habits, as well as the phone you use.

  Data Per Hour Risk Suggested Plan
Online gaming From 3MB At least 1GB
Podcasts Approx. 60MB At least 2GB
Web Browsing Approx. 60MB At least 2GB
FaceTime Approx. 85MB At least 3GB
Facebook Approx. 80MB At least 3GB
Music Streaming Up to 150MB At least 5GB
Snapchat Approx. 160MB At least 5GB
Facebook Video Approx. 160MB At least 5GB
YouTube Approx. 300MB At least 10GB
Netflix From 250MB At least 10GB
Foxtel Now From 320MB At least 12GB
Stan From 570MB At least 15GB
Lossless Music Streaming (Tidal) Approx. 640MB At least 20GB
Instagram Approx. 720MB At least 20GB

If you want more information, read our guide to mobile data.

Why would I get mobile broadband?


There are three main reasons why you'd consider signing up for a mobile broadband connection.

  1. The first is that you don't have a fixed address, are regularly changing addresses, or can't get a fixed line connection where you live. Mobile broadband doesn't use Australia's copper network or the National Broadband Network, so there's no need for a fixed physical connection between your place and the internet. Mobile broadband is also great if you just don't want to deal with the hassle of an extended setup period or are sick of waiting for the NBN to come to your area. 
  2. Mobile broadband can also be useful as a backup solution for if your fixed line connection goes down, or in the event of a power outage. Many mobile broadband modems are powered by a battery, so they'll keep on kicking even when the lights are out.
  3. A portable mobile broadband modem and connection are also a good option when travelling, especially if you don't want to burn through your smartphone's battery while tethering.

Are there any downsides to mobile broadband?


Mobile broadband options often have smaller data allowances compared with fixed-line internet. 

In most cases, you'll end up spending more for less when it comes to mobile broadband. While the starting price of an unlimited fixed line connection is a little as $60, you're looking at around $70 per month for 100GB a no contract mobile broadband connection. 200GB tends to be largest widely available download allowance, and that's only on home wireless plans, where your download speeds are restricted to a maximum of 12Mbps.

Vividwireless is one of the few exceptions to this; it offers an unlimited home wireless plan, but this is only available in select areas, and once again, restricted to speeds of 12Mbps.

If you have trouble getting a mobile signal at home, mobile broadband isn't a great option either. Its speed and reliability depend on the strength of your mobile signal.

In some cases, it's also just a better option to take out a plan with more data for your smartphone, and use your smartphone as a hotspot. However, this isn't ideal if more than one person is relying on your mobile broadband connection, and it can burn through your phone's battery pretty quickly. 

What is the difference between mobile broadband and fixed wireless NBN?


Mobile broadband and fixed wireless NBN both use 4G technology, but the NBN has its own cellular towers exclusively used to deliver internet to premises where deploying a fixed connection would not be practical. NBN fixed wireless connections are also tied to a home or business, whereas mobile broadband solutions are portable and can be taken from residence to residence freely.

What kind of modem do you need for mobile broadband?


The most popular type of mobile broadband modem is what we call a 4G WiFi hotspot. These are small battery-powered devices that connect establish a WiFi network that let’s you share the internet with several devices at once, like a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

If you already own a SIM-enabled tablet, like an iPad, you can forgo buying a 4G WiFi hotspot, and put the SIM card directly into the tablet. Or, if you have an old smartphone in a drawer at home, you might be able to set it up as a WiFi hotspot, just like a modem.

If you want a new hotspot modem, consider a contract plan for mobile broadband. The major telcos like Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile tend to offer the modems for free in return for signing up for a period of time.

SIM-enabled tablet
If you've got a SIM-enabled iPad or Android tablet, you can simply put in a data-SIM and then use it as a Wi-Fi hotspot to share its connection with another device. An old phone would also work. 
USB Modem
A USB modem is a great portable mobile broadband solution, provided you only need to take one computer online at a time. While it doesn't need to be recharged, it needs to be plugged in directly to the device you want to get connected.
Portable Wireless Hotspot
A portable wireless hotspot lets you share a mobile broadband connection with a number of devices simultaneously. These are typically battery powered, and will need recharging.
Fixed Home Wireless Modem
A fixed home wireless modem is much more like a traditional modem, in that it needs to be plugged into a power outlet to work. As such, these are more appropriate for those who don't need their mobile broadband on the go.

What is mobile broadband coverage like in your area?


Mobile broadband services use exactly the same networks as smartphones, so you will find that where you get a signal on your phone, you should get a signal with a mobile broadband modem.

If you are looking to use a new service provider and have no experience with that network, use our coverage map tool to see whether there is service in your area.


iPad/Tablet Data Plans


There has been a huge increase in the popularity of iPads and tablet PCs across Australia. If you want to be able to use your iPad whilst on the move to browse websites, access social networking, or watch online videos, then you'll need a mobile broadband data plan.

Once you connect to a mobile broadband plan your iPad will be able to access mobile data networks in the same way as your smart phone. This means wherever you go you will have the ability to use your iPad for accessing online content.

Mobile Broadband Plans Availability


Mobile broadband plans are currently available from:

What is Mobile Broadband?


Mobile broadband allows high speed mobile internet access via a portable modem that can be used in different locations around Australia. Most internet service providers supply a USB or WiFi modem with the mobile broadband plan which you can use to connect to the internet. Some laptops also now have built-in support for mobile broadband.


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